How to Use the New Live Listen Feature on AirPods


On the new iOS 12 has a seemingly simple accessibility feature which has a huge potential. This feature is known as Live Listen. Live Listen creates an audio bridge between your AirPods and the microphone of your iPhone. This means that the audio picked up by the microphone of your iPhone can be directly routed to the AirPods in your ears. This feature is helpful for users who have low earing, and it can also come in handy in many circumstances.

Let's say you are out in a loud restaurant or a party and you can hear the band clearly; you can easily put your iPhone close to the music source and listen to it directly from your AirPods. You can also put your iPhone close to the music source if it is too quiet to achieve the same thing. Now, you will be able to listen to it more clearly from your AirPods.

How to Use Live Listen Feature in iOS 12

The feature functions via a Control Center toggle.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Next up, go to the Control Center.
  3. Now, you need to tap on Customize Control Center and then tap on the '+' icon beside Hearing.
  4. This will add the Hearing toggle to the Control Center.
  5. When you go back to the Control Center screen, there should be an ear-shaped icon.
  6. Now, put on your AirPods. As soon as you hear the chime, it means that your AirPods are connected to your iPhone.
  7. Now, tap on the Hearing toggle on the Control Center screen.
  8. Next, you should see your AirPods with a label showing whether Live Listen is currently enabled or not. Tap on the label to enable Live Listen.
  9. Now, a pop-up will appear on the screen showing the volume of the microphone and the loudness levels.
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That's all! You can now lock your iPhone and place it close to whatever you want to listen to via your AirPods.

So what do you think of the new accessibility features on your iPhone or iPad? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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